Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Tritt Going Acoustic in N.J

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Tritt Going Acoustic in N.J

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MUSIC

WHO: Travis Tritt and Lyndsey Highlander.

WHAT: Country.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: Bergen Performing Arts Center, 30 N.Van Brunt St., Englewood; 201-227-1030 or bergenpac.org.

HOW MUCH: $35, $55, $75.

MORE INFO: travistritt.com.

Travis Tritt is as excited today as when he began his career 25 years ago. The country superstar's latest album, "The Calm After...," is Tritt's first release on his own record label and features a duet with his teenage daughter.

"It's an extremely thrilling time," said Tritt, who performs a stripped-down, full-band show on Sunday in Englewood. "I'm very enthusiastic about the opportunities that the album has brought about."

Those opportunities materialized in part due to a six-year legal fight between Tritt and his former record label. "The Calm After...," released last year, is a remastered and expanded version of Tritt's previous effort, 2007's "The Storm." That disc was issued on Category 5 Records, which folded three months after the album's release, halting its distribution and marketing campaign. Tritt successfully sued to acquire the rights to the album so that he could properly promote it.

"I put so much energy into the album, and it was hidden under a bushel for all those years," Tritt said. He said the ordeal provided the push he needed to create his own record company, Post Oak Recordings. "I had been thinking about doing it for quite some time," Tritt said by phone. "Once I got the legal issues taken care of I decided it was definitely time. I have so much more creative control and latitude now in my work. It's very liberating."

One of the new tracks on "The Calm After ..." is a duet between Tritt and Tyler Reese, his 15-year-old daughter. On the ballad "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough," father's and daughter's vocals blend seamlessly in a powerful performance. The song is a remake of a 1992 Patty Smyth-Don Henley collaboration.

Tritt said that he initially planned to record the song with a female contemporary. …

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